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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 12, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE OCTOBER WEDNESDAY 50 CENTS Primaries could boost influence Governors ask Western states to band together for presidential contests By Steve Terrell The New Mexican Seeking to gain clout for the West ern mountain states Democratic Gov Bill Richardson and Utahs Republican Gov Jon Huntsman Jr have teamed up to create simultaneous Westernstate presidential primaries and caucuses in 2008 to be held in early February Richardson and Huntsman say they have the state of Arizona on board for the Western presidential contests which would take place Feb Both said they are urging other moun tain West governors to follow suit For too long the West has been a flyover region and Western issues have not been Richard son said at a joint news conference with Huntsman We are tired of being irrelevant in presidential the Utah gov ernor said Not only Utah but the whole inland mountain Richardson and Huntsman said the simultaneous primaries and caucuses of Western states would help make Western issues land use water education funding nuclear waste and economic development part of the Please see PRIMARIES Page A6 INSIDE Energy assistance compromise clears House House OKs antigouging bill but Sen ate commit tee tables it PageC4 Steve The New Mexican Gov Bill Richardson and Utah Gov Jon Huntsman Jr talk Tuesday about their push to have early Westernstate pres idential primaries starting in 20O8 rin a emic New Mexico officials wary of the growing birdflu threat The Associated Press Romanian health workers carry domestic birds in the eastern village of Ceamurlia de Jos In Romania where the countrys first sus pected birdflu cases were reported Friday some birds were to be slaughtered in coming days and authorities were giving thousands of people a standard flu vaccine to prevent them from getting human flu Expert laboratories have not confirmed bird flu let alone the presence of the H5N1 strain that experts are tracking for fear it could mutate to become a dangerous human virus By Christine Barber The New Mexican Io effectively fight a birdflu pan demic which in a wprstcase scenario would kill statewide New Mexico might need its own stash of medications state epidemiologist Mack Sewell said Tuesday That is one of the subjects he will present to healthcare workers later this month at a statewide symposium on how New Mexico would deal with an avian flu pandemic A pandemic is disease that spreads world wide infecting a large part of the population as was the case in 1918 That avian influenza called the Spanish flu 50 million including in New Mexico The avian flu worrying health officials today which might already have spread from Southeast Asia to Europe can only be passed from poultry to humans However disease experts predict humantohuman spread like in the 1918 flu will become a reality pneday J If that happens the federal government predicts that in a worstcase scenario percent of the US population would die according to a report obtained last week by Mack Sewell The New York Times In New Mexico that would mean would die and would be hospital ized It would be the mother all Sewell said A plan New Mexico cre ated in 1995 to deal with a flu pandemic has been updated frequently and will be updated again after the Oct 29 symposium One thing Sewell would like to see addressed is the possibility of a state flumedication stockpile The stockpile would include the antivi ral drug Tarriiflu one of the few drugs that might be effective in shortening the length pf a persons illness Sewell said For example instead of a fiveday recovery period the person would be better in four lessening the severity of the flu and the possibility of death They only reduce the course and sever Sewell said They are not a magic bul let At the moment no states have their own Please see PANDEMIC Page A4 IF YOU GO What Symposium for healthcare workers Preparing for the Next Influ enza Pandemic Are We Ready When to Oct 29 Where Hiiton Hotel in Albuquerque Cost Information 505 2723942 FACTS ABOUT AVIAN FLU The mortality rate of the current strain of avian flu js 50 percent The most recent case of avian flu was reported in Indonesia on Monday 4The avian flu strikes 20to 35year olds the hardest On Oct 5 theCenters for Disease Control announced it had recreated the genetic code of the 1918 Spanish flu confirming it was an avian flu 4 Researchers believe that Influenza A which Americans fight off every winter started as an avian flu Sources Sen Bill Frist INSIDE Timeline of stock sale in question Page A5 Frist faces new stock questions Senate leaders stake in family company outside blind trusts raises conflictofinterest issues By Larry Margasak and Jonathan M Katz The Associated Press WASHINGTON Outside the blind trusts he created to avoid a conflict of interest Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist earned tens of thousands of dollars from stock in a familyfounded hospital chain largely controlled by his brother documents show The Tennessee Republican whose sale this summer of HCA Inc stock is under federal investigation has long maintained he could own HCA shares and still vote on healthcare legislation without a conflict because he had placed the stock in blind trusts approved by the Senate However ethics experts say a partner ship arrangement shown in documents obtained by The Associated Press raises serious doubts about whether the sena Please see FRIST Page A5 City wont pay judges legal bills y CJ Mayor breaks 44 council tie cites advice of city attorney By Tom Sharpe The New Mexican Suspended Municipal Judge Frances Gallegos will have to pay her own legal bills to fight charges of judicial mis conduct brought by the state Judicial Standards Commis sion The city already has paid to Gallegos defense attorney Aaron Wolf But Tuesday Mayor Larry Delgado broke a 44 tie among city councilors to reject paying another after City Attorney Bruce Thompson said the city isnt obligated to pay for the judges defense This is not a he said This is a board basically doing an ethical investigation of a judge If the judge was being sued for damages there would be an obligation to provide a defense But this is a different type of an animaL Wolf did not speak during the hearing But after the vote he said Either Judge Gallegos finds a way to pay it herself Please see JUDGE Page A6 OBITUARIES Feix Boca 80 Albuquerque Oct 7 Phoebe Dechert Oct 9 Santa Fe Eugene Graves Oct 8 San Antonio Land Jones 76 Portales Oct 7 Stephen Morris Petehesky Sept 9 77 Oct 7 JerembB Ihpo 79 Espafiola Page C2 SWEET FINISH A top pastry chef is working to demystify the pairing of wines and desserts Taste Dl RIDING TOGETHER Ridership on the New Mexico Park and Ride has hit capacity on the longer routes like Albuquerque to Santa Fe and Santa Fe to Los Alamos Local news Cl TODAY Sun mixing with clouds High 64 low 39 PageC8 Index Annies Classifieds Comics A WC9My 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